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Can HBO’s Silicon Valley Improve Silicon Valley’s Reputation?

Yesterday HBO debuted the trailer for Mike Judge‘s sitcom Silicon Valley.

Looks like a Big Bang Theory/Workaholics mash-up: they’re nerds, but they aren’t one-dimensional punchlines; they’re Millennials, but they don’t spend all their time figuring out how they can manage to do less work.

In an amazing coincidence, Napster/Facebook guy Sean “Don’t Call Me Justin” Parker used the same weekend to offer a pitch-perfect demonstration of why SV may want to update its operating system.

Valleywag posted about New York neighbors’ supposed annoyance at Parker’s ongoing renovations to his $20 million Greenwich Village apartment. He responded by comparing Gawker’s (Jewish) founder Nick Denton to Goebbels in a letter to The New York Post while expressing nostalgia for “slow, soft, fluffy” gossip rags like, well, Page Six.

Dude just can’t help himself: he responds to bad press by proving that he can fit both feet into his mouth at the same time. The best part about his defense of his own self-defense was his decision to reveal the fact that he and his wife don’t actually live in the $20M house and haven’t for some time: they simply “allow friends who need a place to stay to crash there.”

We appreciate Parker’s irritation, but the fact that this story follows Kevin Roose’s Wall Street expose only further confirms that the tech guardians of the galaxy risk falling into the same self-made hole as their predecessors in finance.

For this reason, we honestly hope that Silicon Valley can make light of the fact that most tech bigwigs are well-meaning, hard-working nerds like the rest of us.

Sure, some choose to be dickish about their wealth—but most can laugh at themselves when given the chance. Unfortunately, the guys with the biggest megaphones are often the ones who need the most training.

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